Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Build Your Own Healthy Pita with Pita Pit

Pita Pit was recently featured on WKOW's Wake Up Wisconsin . Pita Pit is a 500+ unit franchise brand that is no stranger to healthy marketing. Pita Pit’s Chuck Tier introduced the variety of customization available at Pita Pit to help fans eat healthy. They discussed the “Build A Pita” option available on the website to create a delicious and healthy pita to your liking. You can check out the segment here, or continue below.

By: Caroline Bach

The sandwich chain, Pita Pit, defines their menu as being one with "fresh thinking and healthy eating."  
As people are on a mission to eat healthier this time of year, the fast food restaurant is sharing healthy recipes on their menu that guests can enjoy in their restaurant or recreate at home.  

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Pita Pit Weighs In On FDA Calorie Info on Menus

Pita Pit was recently featured in The Ledger. Pita Pit’s VP of Research and Development Benjamin Drake was interviewed for an article about the new FDA regulations requiring franchises to display calorie information on menus. Pita Pit, a leader in the healthy food segment, has been displaying calorie information for more than two years now. You can read the full article here, or continue reading below.

By John Ceballos

Benjamin Drake, vice president of research and development for Pita Pit, acknowledges the rule can potentially be an inconvenience.
"Now, if we make a change to a product — like using a different protein or switching to a different kind of ham — then the calorie count becomes lower and higher, and we have to change everything in terms of our menu.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pita Pit is Expanding in the Milwaukee Area

Pita Pit was recently featured in the Milwaukee Business Journal. Pita Pit opened their second Milwaukee location in the downtown area. The new restaurant is owned by Andrew Culp, who owns a Pita Pit in Madison, and he’s already got his sights set on a third Pita Pit. Milwaukee Business Journal spoke with Bill Wilfong, VP of Franchise Development for Pita Pit, for an update on the brand and their plans in the area. You can read the entire article here, or you can continue below.

By Alison Bauter

The city of Milwaukee's second Pita Pit location opened Tuesday, this one on Wisconsin Avenue downtown.

Franchisee Andrew Culp already has a Pita Pit franchise at 2224 N. Farwell Ave. He also owns one on State Street in Madison. The new location opening this week is at 229 E. Wisconsin Ave., in the Railway Exchange Building downtown.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet with Pita Pit

Pita Pit was recently featured in Nation’s Restaurant News.  The article focused on comfort foods that have taken a healthful turn and included Pita Pit’s Resolution Solution lineup of six pita-based sandwiches under 500 calories. This includes the popular Philly Steak Pita. According to Benjamin Drake, vice president of research and development, the brand wanted to choose one of its most popular offerings to show customers it could be more healthful. You can read the entire article by clicking here, or you can continue below.

What is it about winter’s abbreviated days and frigid temperatures that trigger our cravings for heavy, high-calorie foods at the very time of year when we’ve just resolved to swear off them? We classify cheesy-starchy casseroles, rich and meaty stews and gooey hot sandwiches as comfort foods for a reason: once eaten and inside us, all just seems well.

Fortunately, chefs have succeeded in reducing the negative nutritional impact of our beloved comfort foods — cherished dishes like Grandma’s multi-meat, multi-cheese lasagna. They have found that by replacing meats with vegetables and other lower calorie ingredients they can offer a new version of an iconic favorite that is both savory and smart. In addition, these wholesome remakes have led to further experiments with bolder sauces, varied cooking techniques and artful plate presentations.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pita Pit is Finding Room in the Convenience Store Industry

Pita Pit was recently featured in Convenience Store News and Petroleum Magazine. The piece looks at how QSR brands expanding with the convenience store model. Elliott Oil Company opened a new convenience store in Ottumwa, IA that incorporates Pita Pit. Andrew Woodard, VP of Elliott Oil Company, discussed the decision to bring Pita Pit into their portfolio and why Pita Pit is a great opportunity to grow in the convenience store industry. You can read the article by clicking here, or you can continue below.

By Samantha Oller

When it comes to foodservice, breaking with tradition can be good—and even offer a more sustained avenue of growth. This is especially true when it comes to signing with a foodservice franchise, where up-and-coming brands are focusing on the c-store channel as a fast, more economical way to get known in the crowded space.

Several factors are driving interest in nontraditional locations overall, says Aziz Hashim, president and CEO of NRD Holdings LLC, an Atlanta-based franchisee-sponsored and -managed equity fund. Among those factors include saturation of traditional sites and the need to find growth opportunities for mature brands. But for developing brands—those whose locations number in the hundreds, not thousands—it is especially attractive, considering the premium on real estate for freestanding locations.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pita Pit Enters Des Moines

Pita Pit was recently featured in the Des Moines Register. The article looks at how Mike Rink opened a new Pita Pit in Urbandale at 4212 Merle Hay Road. The new location will be offering online and mobile app ordering services. Find out about the three more stores that Mike looks to open in the metro area and the variety of meats and vegetables that his current locations offer on pitas.

By Patt Johnson

A Pita Pit restaurant opened Tuesday at 4212 Merle Hay Road in Urbandale next to the Dunkin’ Donuts shop.

The store will seat about 42 people and offer online and mobile app ordering services. Owner Mike Rink also operates Pita Pit stores in Ankeny, Cedar Falls and Waterloo. He hopes to open three more stores in the metro and is looking at building restaurants in West Des Moines and along Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines. A third location is undetermined, although Rink said he has been looking in downtown Des Moines.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fresh Thinking, Healthy Eating with Pita Pit

Pita Pit was recently featured on ezCater. Recently data has shown that 40 percent of consumers are likely to visit a restaurant if it offers healthy options, like Pita Pit. At Pita Pit we strive to offer fresh and healthy products made with a healthful focus in mind. Find out how we partnered with nutrition analysis company Healthy Dining to develop customizable sandwiches in the 300-450 calorie range. Also find out how Pita Pit is expanding across the nation and targeting corporate catering.  You can read the article by clicking here, or you can continue below.

Recent data shows that 40% of consumers are more likely to visit a restaurant if it offers healthy options. In response, many major brands—including Subway and McDonald’s—have added low-calorie selections to their menus. Fast-casual chain Pita Pit takes healthy eating a step further. In 2013, they partnered with nutrition analysis company Healthy Dining to develop customizable pita sandwiches in the 300-450 calorie range. Pita Pit’s ingredients contain no additives or preservatives, and they back up their health-centric brand culture at every store: none of their locations use fryers or convection ovens; everything is grilled. How’s that for forward-thinking food?

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